Paranoid Pale Ale | Mammoth Brewing Company

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Paranoid Pale AleParanoid Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mammoth Brewing Company
California, United States
mammothbrewingco.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly earth and herbal hop forward presence all around.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Morgan for this one!

A: Pours an orange color with a a large 2.5 finger head that dissipates slowly leaving some splotches of foam on top. Thin lacing forms around the glass.

S: Very basic pale ale aroma, some faint citrus and pine mixed with some grainy malt and a bit of caramel.

T: Grainy malt up front with some faint pine, but very weak. Some lightly toasted malt dominates the flavor profile.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: Not sure on the age, but a bit weak overall. Would have liked a but stronger hop presence.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a sticky white head. Fairly sweet on the nose with lots of toffee and sweet bread malt aromas. A moderate citrus hop character to it, maybe a light floral note as well. The flavor is on the sweet side for a pale ale. Lots of bread, toast, and toffee. Some bitterness and hop flavor, but not overly intense. Pretty decent pale ale, actually.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12oz brown bottle with no indication of freshness into a pint glass. This brew appears a lightly hazed orange copper color with a finger of yellowish stained head. Some stringy patches of lace cling to the glass. A light swirl revives less than a finger of the yellow foam back to the surface.

The aroma of this brew includes a sweet candy caramel malt note before the onset of the first hop indications. The sweetness of this brew comes off like toffee and flowers before turning hoppy with a slight pine note, faint citrus and herbs. As it warms, a swirl reveals some aromas that are almost vanilla-like.

The taste includes the malt sweetness indicated in the aroma tasting like a combination of caramel or toffee. Mid palate are some fruity hop indications and a light touch of vanilla before turning a bit herbal and piney in the finish. There is a very mild bitterness to this brew that lasts into the finish with a flavor mix of pine and herbs.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is not as hoppy as expected for an american pale ale. It seems more english in style or maybe is just a dated bottle. I found the malt inclusion in this brew to be quite enjoyable and it had a nice mix of flavors and aromas to enjoy. The 5.5% alcohol is noticeable with a light tingle and warmth in the back of the throat with every sip. Overall not a bad offering, I wouldn't mind having this again as a fresh offering.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

06/18/09- Received from a friend.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Orange-amber colored pour. Decent 3/4 inch large bubbled full head. Leaves some lace spotting behind.

Smell- Mostly some off lightly stale malt nose. A few fruity and pine hops mixed within.

Taste- Think this one has past it's prime. Significantly stale toasted caramel malt flavor..a bit cardboardy. Hops are overmatched and have probably faded away. What is there is mildy fruity and very lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation level is fine, but the aftertaste is not one to write home about.

Drinkability- Drained this one after half a glass. May try again in the future if I know I am getting a fresh one...maybe on tap if I ever see it.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint with my bacon-wrapped meatloaf at Whiskey Creek/the brewpub. I thought this was a classic APA; not quite as hoppy as Sierra Nevada, but very American. There was a great balance of bready, toasted malt with perfumey, floral citrus hops that aren't just your standard bitter grapefruit. It had interesting hops, tasty malts, and was wonderfully drinkable. We're I in a certain state of mind, I could clear out a 6-pack of this beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an initially two-finger thick, lightly tanned, cream colored head that sits atop a clear, fully copper colored brew. The aroma is nicely hop focused with a good mix of citrus and herbal / pine notes. Aromatic notes of grapefruit, apricot and pineapple serve as the dominant hop character, but there is a nice layer of sharper pine & menthol like notes. A touch of biscuit like malt notes are just discernible in the finish. This has quite a bit more of a tropical fruit / citrus character than I was expecting; it is quite nice and appetizing.

Only lightly sweet, the hops compete with the malt character and actually are the dominant force here. Quite smooth feeling on the tongue, almost a touch watery feeling despite a certain malt driven heft & viscosity. The flavor is perhaps a bit more sharp than the aroma might suggest as a solid bitterness is noticeable from the first and a definite, crisp, pine flavor and menthol like hop turpene character is noticeable. Still, there is quite a bit of fruit to be found from the hops (in fact it might just edge out the sharper hop notes in terms of flavor dominance); flavors of candied orange peel, peach, sweet tropical fruit and lychee are all quite noticeable. The malt character, all though it may seem an after thought here, plays a nice supporting role. The touch of residual malt sugars perk up the fruity hop notes and in the finish is found a touch of biscuit-like / soda cracker type malt notes that provide some additional dryness to offset the fruit notes.

This is a really nice Pale Ale. I was not expecting much after the Double Nut Brown, but this is quite nice and I would happily quaff more of this.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz bottle: badged as 'Yosemite Pale Ale'. Poured twice at home into a stemmed 'Yuengling' glass on 26 Aug 2013. A present from my daughter and son-in-law after a holiday in said park.

Looked fine, a good deep golden body with a full off-white head on both pours.

Hops to the fore in the nose and taste, with a malty undertone. I really liked this beer, good solid balance and plenty of flavour from start to finish.

Liked the alcohol level, suited the body depth and flavour.

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Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I don't think I've had a beer be so inconsistent. There's times I've loved this and times its been garbage.

Pours the standard copper appearance, 1/2" white head. Aroma can pop with dry hops, or reek of wet cardboard like paper and wood notes.

Sometimes its an good pale ale, other times its below average. Weird thing is the tap lines at the brewery have been so contaminated, its been worse to drink it at the source. Bottle dating nonexistant. You really take your chance on these. Ideally, you'll get a nice toasted pale and crystal malt beer paired with some C hops for a light bodied refreshing experience with solid bitterness and hop flavors pushing the pine.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, light amber in color

Smell: caramel, citrus hops, and pale malts

Taste: caramel and pine hops.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter with a sweet backbone.

Drinkability: A perfectly sessionable pale ale. Not too sweet or bitter. I could have a six of these.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.17/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Tioga Gas Mart in Lee Vining after an exhausting hike up Mt. Dana.

Amber with a beige head,nice retention and lacing. Nose has a lot of crystal malt, some citrus hops moderate sweetness. Palate opens with a blend of caramel and chalky hops low bitterness and flavor, this is rather mediocre. Medium light in body moderate carbonation, the finish is poor with mild sweetness and lacing in hop character. I didn't finish this.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wow, maybe this is a less than ideal bottle v. having it on tap, but I've had it in bottle before, and don't recall it being this pedestrian.

Well, I've still got 5 more, let's hope this was just a bummer beer in the 6er. The hop quality is gone, its just bitter, but not cloying. Boy, I hope this isn't a sign of things to come every other time I try this stuff. Its almost beer fest time, Mammoth is usually at a few of them, I guess I'll have to wait and find out.

Edit: Oh yeah, that's right, I bought this at Bevmo (likely expired). Well, damn. What is disappointing is that I've had this beer at times when it has been very good. But that's once in a (well I don't wanna say blue moon) . . . you know where I'm going with this. This score is cumulative.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mig100
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rawfish
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of kbuzz
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the source.

Pours clear copper with a half inch of head and a short duration. A partial skim coat on the surface and short fingers of lacing for the remainder.

Aromatics are a pleasant blend of bready, toasted malts and light citrus. A bit malt-forward with fresh biscuits and a minerally chaulkiness following through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly tacky mouthfeel. A light chew keeps the beer from being thinnish.

Plump, bready malt with hints of grapefruit and pine start the palate. A light bitterness takes the edge of the sweetness of the fresh malt and the beer is very approachable.

Finishes fairly quick with some lingering malt and a faint bitterness.

Nice APA, but underhopped by todays APA standards and leans in a British direction.

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Paranoid Pale Ale from Mammoth Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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